Appalachia Waltz / Yo-Yo Ma

Audio Samples

>Traditional, Irish : Work(s)
>     The Green Groves of Erin / The Flowers of Red Hill
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
>Traditional, American : Chief Sitting In the Rain
>Meyer, Edgar : Mama, for violin, cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Butterfly's Day Out
>Edgar Meyer / Mark O'Conn : Druid Fluid, for violin, cello & double bass
>Meyer, Edgar : First Impressions, for violin, cello & piano
>Meyer, Edgar : Etienne et Petunia, for cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : F.C.'s Jig, for violin & cello
>Traditional, American : College Hornpipe
>Meyer, Edgar : Pickles, for violin, cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Old Country Fairytale, for violin, cello & double bass
>Meyer, Edgar : Schizoozy, for violin, cello & double bass
>Traditional, American : Star of the County Down
>Thomasson, Benny : Speed the Plow Medley
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Fair Dancer Reel

Album Summary

>Traditional, Irish : Work(s)
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
>Traditional, American : Chief Sitting In the Rain
>Meyer, Edgar : Mama, for violin, cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Butterfly's Day Out
>Edgar Meyer / Mark O'Conn : Druid Fluid, for violin, cello & double bass
>Meyer, Edgar : First Impressions, for violin, cello & piano
>Meyer, Edgar : Etienne et Petunia, for cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : F.C.'s Jig, for violin & cello
>Traditional, American : College Hornpipe
>Meyer, Edgar : Pickles, for violin, cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Old Country Fairytale, for violin, cello & double bass
>Meyer, Edgar : Schizoozy, for violin, cello & double bass
>Traditional, American : Star of the County Down
>Thomasson, Benny : Speed the Plow Medley
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Fair Dancer Reel
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This selection is also available in MiniDisc format.

Recording information: Sound Emporium, Nashville, Tennessee (08/17/1995-08/20/1995).

APPALACHIA WALTZ brings together classical musicians and classic Americana with an enjoyable result: a discovery of the wealth and integrity of American folk music. Featuring classical virtuosi Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma with fiddler Mark O'Connor, a passionate advocate and composer of traditional Texas fiddle music, this Sony Classical release explores the vitality of American fiddle music in new compositions and arrangements, many by O'Connor himself.

The tunefulness of each track is striking, while the range of expression is reassuringly broad, from serene ("The Green Groves of Erin/The Flowers of Red Hill") to jaunty ("FC's Jig" or "Chief Sitting in the Rain"). One can imagine different scenes while listening, as the titles of each track and the music suggest images in the course of a day, from different but familiar places, as if part of a greater American musical story. Particularly wonderful is the interaction of the three musicians (fiddle, cello, and string bass), who mine real gold as they cover this canvas, both complex and, at times, refreshingly simple.



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Works Details

>Traditional, Irish : Work(s) :: The Green Groves of Erin / The Flowers of Red Hill
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, American : Chief Sitting In the Rain
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.

>Meyer, Edgar : Mama, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Butterfly's Day Out
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Mandolin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Edgar Meyer / Mark O'Conn : Druid Fluid, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>Meyer, Edgar : First Impressions, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>Meyer, Edgar : Étienne et Petunia, for cello & double bass
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : F.C.'s Jig, for violin & cello
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>Traditional, American : College Hornpipe
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.

>Meyer, Edgar : Pickles, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Old Country Fairytale, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>Meyer, Edgar : Schizoozy, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>Traditional, American : Star of the County Down
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.

>Thomasson, Benny : Speed the Plow Medley
  • Performer: Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Fair Dancer Reel
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s